Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. In her acclaimed debut, first published in 1977, Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends. Nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. When Nora falls in love with Javo, she’s caught in the web of his addiction, and her life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go.
‘Monkey Grip (1977), was made into a film, and the precision of her prose, the way she lets her images hint at psychological depths that her characters barely comprehend, feels tautly cinematic.’—The Wall Street Journal;
‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’—James Wood, The New Yorker;
‘Her use of language is sublime.’—The Scotsman;
‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’—The Australian;
‘So real that by the last page you feel not just that you have read a magnificent novel but that you have experienced life itself.’—The Times on The Spare Room;